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Match report

Barça opens up gap with Madrid, equals La Liga record

January 31st, 2011

Saturday night’s marked Barça’s 15th successive league victory, matching the current La Liga record, when they beat the the only team to have beaten them during the current league season, Hercules.

While the result was a good one, Hercules certainly didn’t let the Catalans walk over them. After Pedro’s goal at the end of the first half, Barcelona remained just one goal up until three minutes before the end of the match, when Hercules were one man down.

Leo Messi made it 2-0 in the 87th minute; and he scored again in the 89th minute to make it 3-0.

The result is that Barcelona are now seven points clear of Real Madrid, after their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Osasuna. Things aren’t looking good in the Madrid camp, with Jose Mourinho strongly suggesting that he won’t be around next season. Given Madrid’s history, I wonder if he’ll last until the end of the season, given that his relationship with the club’s top brass is almost non-existent .

0-1 Pedro (min 43)
0-2 Messi (min 87)
0-3 Messi (min 89)

TeamPWDLFAPts
1
Barcelona
21
19
1
1
67
11
58
2
Real Madrid
21
16
3
2
48
18
51
3
Villarreal
21
14
3
4
41
21
45
4
Valencia
20
12
4
4
33
23
40
5
Espanyol
21
12
1
8
28
27
37
6
Athletic Bilbao
21
11
2
8
34
31
35
7
Atlético Madrid
21
9
3
9
31
26
30
8
Sevilla
21
9
3
9
33
35
30
9
Real Sociedad
21
9
1
11
32
33
28
10
Getafe
21
8
3
10
29
34
27
11
Mallorca
21
8
3
10
23
29
27
12
Sporting Gijón
21
5
7
9
22
27
22
13
Hércules
21
6
4
11
22
34
22
14
Deportivo
21
5
7
8
18
30
22
15
Zaragoza
21
5
7
9
20
33
22
16
Osasuna
21
5
6
10
20
28
21
17
Racing Santander
20
5
5
10
15
29
20
18
Levante
21
5
3
13
22
34
18
19
Almería
21
3
8
10
20
36
17
20
Málaga
21
5
2
14
28
47
17

Yet another 5-0 result for Barça

January 27th, 2011

FC Barcelona scored another 5 goals last night in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, all but guaranteeing their place in the final. Leo Messi scored two goals, with Barça up three within the first quarter of an hour.

1-0 Messi (min 9)
2-0 Villa (min 11)
3-0 Messi (min 15)
4-0 Pedro (min 30)
5-0 Keita (min 89)


Guardiola matches record 14 successive league wins

January 24th, 2011

Racing Santander visited a cold Nou Camp on Saturday night to mark the second half of the season. Mirroring the start of the season, Barça again beat Racing 3-0 with a goal from Pedro two minutes in to get the Catalans off to a fast start. The other two goals came from Leo Messi from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute – he kicked it in decisively, after having missed a penalty on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey match against Betis. And the final goal was scored by Iniesta from a Pedro assist.

While Barcelona won their 14th successive league match this season, equalling the record set under Frank Rijkaard in 2005/2006, things don’t appear to be going so well for Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho who is locked in bitter conflict with his club’s Director General, Jorge Valdano and hinting that this season could be his last.

Some Spanish pundits are saying that if the gap opens between the arch rivals then the league is already over. However, while Barça are playing extremely well at the moment all it would take would be a string of injuries or some other bad luck to tip the balance.

1-0, Pedro (min 2)
2-0, Messi (pen, min 33)
3-0, Iniesta (min 66)

TeamPWDLFAPts
1
Barcelona
20
18
1
1
64
11
55
2
Real Madrid
20
16
3
1
48
17
51
3
Villarreal
20
13
3
4
40
21
42
4
Valencia
20
12
4
4
33
23
40
5
Espanyol
20
12
1
7
28
26
37
6
Atlético Madrid
20
9
3
8
31
24
30
7
Sevilla
20
9
2
9
30
32
29
8
Athletic Bilbao
19
9
2
8
29
31
29
9
Mallorca
20
8
3
9
23
25
27
10
Getafe
20
8
3
9
29
32
27
11
Real Sociedad
20
8
1
11
30
33
25
12
Hércules
19
6
4
9
22
28
22
13
Deportivo
20
5
6
8
15
27
21
14
Racing Santander
20
5
5
10
15
29
20
15
Sporting Gijón
20
4
7
9
18
27
19
16
Zaragoza
20
4
7
9
18
32
19
17
Osasuna
20
4
6
10
19
28
18
18
Almería
20
3
8
9
20
34
17
19
Málaga
20
5
2
13
27
45
17
20
Levante
20
4
3
13
20
34
15

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Barça through to Copa del Rey semi-final despite defeat

January 20th, 2011

Barcelona suffered their first defeat in several months last night, when they were beaten 3-1 by Betis. The hosts were really going for it, with two goals within 7 minutes and it was only Messi who saved some face for Barça with a goal in the 37th minute – although that didn’t stop Betis from scoring a third goal just before the half time whistle.

However, with 5-0 to their name in the home leg, FC Barcelona goes through anyway, and will face Almeria next week at the Nou Camp. You can find tickets available on the home page.

1-0 Molina (min 1)
2-0 Molina (min 7)
2-1 Messi (min 37)
3-1 Arzu (min 45+1)


Barça end first half of season on record 52 points

January 17th, 2011

FC Barcelona have reached the halfway stage of la Liga with a record 52 points after Sunday night’s 4-1 win against Malaga. Barça dominated right from the start and within 7 minutes Iniesta had scored Barça’s first. Ten minutes later and it was Villa’s turn; and when Pedro added a third goal ten minutes before the end of the first half, the Catalans had the match pretty much tied up.

Malaga came on after the break with some changes, intent on attacking the Barça goal and created some dangerous moments – finally Duda got the ball through in the 68th minute to make it 3-1. Fired up by Malaga’s goal, Barça again went on the attack and Villa scored the final goal of the match 16 minutes from the end to make the final score 4-1.

While Barcelona took three points and ended the first half of the season on a record 52 points, Real Madrid didn’t fare so well. With a 1-1 draw against Almeria, Barça are now 4 points clear of their arch-rival. Also, Dani Alves will be out for two weeks with a calf tear, having limped of the pitch in the first half of the match.

1-0, Iniesta (min 7)
2-0, Villa (min 17)
3-0, Pedro (min 35)
3-1, Duda (min 68)
4-1, Villa (min 74)

TeamPWDLFAPts
1
Barcelona
19
17
1
1
61
11
52
2
Real Madrid
19
15
3
1
47
17
48
3
Villarreal
19
12
3
4
38
20
39
4
Valencia
19
11
4
4
29
20
37
5
Espanyol
19
11
1
7
25
25
34
6
Athletic Bilbao
19
9
2
8
29
31
29
7
Atlético Madrid
18
8
3
7
28
23
27
8
Mallorca
18
8
3
7
23
21
27
9
Getafe
19
8
3
8
28
29
27
10
Sevilla
19
8
2
9
26
31
26
11
Real Sociedad
19
8
1
10
29
31
25
12
Hércules
19
6
4
9
22
28
22
13
Deportivo
19
5
6
7
15
26
21
14
Racing Santander
19
5
5
9
15
26
20
15
Osasuna
19
4
6
9
17
25
18
16
Málaga
19
5
2
12
24
41
17
17
Sporting Gijón
19
3
7
9
17
27
16
18
Zaragoza
19
3
7
9
17
32
16
19
Levante
19
4
3
12
19
30
15
20
Almería
19
2
8
9
17
32
14

Another 5-0 win for Barça: victory over Betis in the Copa del Rey

January 13th, 2011

After winning the Ballon d’Or on Monday, Leo Messi proved why last night when he scored a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Betis. The match was the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter final, with the return leg being played next Wednesday. The result means Barça will almost certainly go through the the semi-final round.

1-0 Messi (min 43)
2-0 Messi (min 62)
3-0 Messi (min 73)
4-0 Pedro (min 75)
5-0 Keita (min 83)


More shock and awe from FC Barcelona

January 10th, 2011

FC Barcelona retain their two point lead over real Madrid after both teams won their respective matches over the weekend.

Visiting Deportivo on Saturday night, the hosts seemed to hardly get involved with the match, despite the absence of Xavi, Alves as Busquets who were all being rested by Guardiola. That said, Barça scored just one goal in the first half, when Villa put the ball between the keeper’s legs off a Messi assist.

That changed just a few minutes into the second half, when Messi scored a fantastic goal from a free kick. And soon after the home fans, resigned to another Barça victory, started chanting Iniesta’s name. He soon responded with a goal of his own, quickly followed up by Messi setting up a goal for Pedro.

The 4-0 win was well deserved and just to underline how good this squad is the FIFA Ballon d’Or, which will be decided later today, is certain to go to a Barça player – the three candidates are Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.

0-1, Villa (min 26)
0-2, Messi (min 52)
0-3, Iniesta (Min 79)
0-4, Pedro (min 80)

TeamPWDLFAPts
1
Barcelona
18
16
1
1
57
10
49
2
Real Madrid
18
15
2
1
46
16
47
3
Villarreal
18
11
3
4
34
18
36
4
Valencia
18
10
4
4
27
20
34
5
Espanyol
18
10
1
7
23
24
31
6
Atlético Madrid
17
8
3
6
27
19
27
7
Getafe
18
8
3
7
28
25
27
8
Mallorca
18
8
3
7
23
21
27
9
Athletic Bilbao
18
8
2
8
27
30
26
10
Sevilla
18
8
2
8
25
29
26
11
Real Sociedad
18
7
1
10
25
31
22
12
Deportivo
18
5
6
6
15
24
21
13
Racing Santander
18
5
5
8
14
24
20
14
Hércules
17
5
4
8
18
25
19
15
Osasuna
18
4
6
8
15
21
18
16
Málaga
18
5
2
11
23
37
17
17
Levante
18
4
3
11
19
29
15
18
Sporting Gijón
18
2
7
9
15
27
13
19
Almería
18
2
7
9
16
31
13
20
Zaragoza
18
2
7
9
16
32
13

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Barça through to Copa del Rey quarter-final

January 6th, 2011

FC Barcelona drew with Athletic de Bilbao last night to ean their place in the Copa del Rey quater-final. Abidal scored Barcelona’s only goal, the first he has scored for the club. However, the hosts equalised 5 minutes from the end ending in a 1-1l draw, but letting Barcelona go through thanks to the 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp before Christmas.

0-1, Abidal (min 75)
1-1, Llorente (min 85)


Barça takes 3 points against Levante

January 4th, 2011

Xavi equalled the record for the number of appearances for FC Barcelona on Sunday when Levante visited the Nou Camp for the first match of 2011. Xavi has now matched Migueli’s 549 appearances, having played in the first team for 13 seasons.

However, after some of the massive pre-Christmas goal-fests, the New Year seems to have put a bit of a dampner on things. While it is true that the squad was missing Leo Messi, who had been granted some extra days holiday over Christmas, they did struggle to get through to Levante’s goal.

The result was a goalless first half, although Pedro was quick to rectify this situation when they came on after the break – he scored after just a minute. Pedro also scored Barça’s second goal just 12 minutes later, his eighth goal in eight matches. And to make sure it didn’t all go Barcelona’s way, Stuani scored for Levante just nine minutes from time.

The win leaves Barcelona two points ahead of Real Madrid after their 3-2 win over Getafe yesterday.

1-0 Pedro (min 46)
2-0 Pedro (min 58)
2-1 Stuani (min 81)

TeamPWDLFAPts
1
Barcelona
17
15
1
1
53
10
46
2
Real Madrid
17
14
2
1
42
14
44
3
Villarreal
17
11
3
3
32
14
36
4
Valencia
17
9
4
4
26
20
31
5
Espanyol
17
9
1
7
19
24
28
6
Atlético Madrid
17
8
3
6
27
19
27
7
Getafe
17
8
2
7
28
25
26
8
Athletic Bilbao
17
8
1
8
26
29
25
9
Mallorca
17
7
3
7
19
20
24
10
Sevilla
17
7
2
8
22
27
23
11
Real Sociedad
17
7
1
9
23
28
22
12
Deportivo
17
5
6
5
15
20
21
13
Hércules
17
5
4
8
18
25
19
14
Racing Santander
17
5
4
8
13
23
19
15
Osasuna
17
4
5
8
15
21
17
16
Málaga
17
5
1
11
22
36
16
17
Levante
17
4
3
10
19
28
15
18
Zaragoza
17
2
7
8
16
28
13
19
Almería
17
2
7
8
15
27
13
20
Sporting Gijón
17
2
6
9
14
26
12

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Goalless draw for Barça in Copy del Rey

December 22nd, 2010

After a series of spectacular wins involving goals galore, the inevitable happened last night at the Nou Camp; a goalless draw against Athletic de Bilbao.

The match was for the Copa del Rey, so not vitally important, but it is a reminder that however good a team is, it is the end result matters. The return takes place in two weeks.


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